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Attachment Disorder: Resources: Books for Radishes
Runaway Bunny, by Margaret Wise Brown,
Clement Hurd (Illustrator).
Since its publication in 1942, The Runaway Bunny
has never been out of print. Generations of
sleepy children and grateful parents have loved
the classics of Margaret Wise Brown and Clement
Hurd, including Goodnight Moon. The Runaway
Bunny begins with a young bunny who decides to
run away: "'If you run away,' said his mother,
'I will run after you. For you are my little
bunny.'" And so begins a delightful, imaginary
game of chase. No matter how many forms the
little bunny takes - a fish in a stream, a
crocus in a hidden garden, a rock on a mountain
- his steadfast, adoring, protective mother
finds a way of retrieving him. The soothing
rhythm of the bunny banter - along with the
surreal, dream-like pictures - never fail to
infuse young readers with a complete sense of
security and peace. For any small child who has
toyed with the idea of running away or testing
the strength of Mom's love, this old favorite
will comfort and reassure. Baby-Preschool. 34
Mulberry Bird: An Adoption Story, by Anne
Braff Brodzinsky, Diana L. Stanley
Relinquishment is the hardest part of adoption
to talk about and is often glossed over in
children's books. Brodzinsky has chosen to tell
the story using birds to represent the people
involved. A young mother bird feeds and protects
her baby, noticing that other mothers have mates
to help them. Her baby's father has flown away.
Then a storm breaks her nest, and the baby falls
to the ground. She goes to the wise owl for
help, and he says the only way to solve her
problem is to find a family to love and care for
her child. She refuses at first, but then
relents, and the owl carries the baby to the
chosen shorebird couple. The young mother sees
that her child is safe and loved, and sadly
flies away forever. The baby hears from its
adoptive parents the story of its first mother's
love and care. This revision of the 1986 story
is longer, newly illustrated in watercolors, and
reflects changes in adoption practice. Language
has been made more inclusive: the baby's need
for "a mother and father" becomes its need for
"a family." More of the youngster's feelings are
included: anger and confusion as well as
happiness and sadness. Ages 4-8. 47 pages.
Never Never Will She Stop Loving You, by
Jolene Durrant, Steve Allred (Photographer).
Thousands of readers enjoyed the original story!
This revised edition combines the original
children's book with an eight page guide for
adults, including adoptive parents, birth
parents, and the general public. Written by an
adoptive parent, this true story lovingly
connects birth mom and child while stressing the
importance of the adoptive parents. "...Wherever
you are Annie's Child, she loved you before you
were born. She loves you now. Never, never,
never will she stop loving you." Illustrations
for the text are a combination of drawings by
adopted children and photographs. Both text and
illustrations are a chocolate colored ink on
cream paper. Jolene Durrant is an adoptive
parent and a former elementary school teacher.
Annie, the young woman in the story, was
Durrant's foster daughter during Annie's
pregnancy. Ages 4-8. 40 pages.
My First Mother Love Me?: A Story for an
Adopted Child, by Kathryn Ann Miller, Jami
A book that helps a family consider an
important, difficult question. Even though
Morgan knows all about her adoption, the
preschooler sometimes wonders about her "other
mother." When she asks, "Did my first mother
love me?" her mother reads the letter her
birthmother wrote to her. It relates the woman's
wishes to be the one to give her child a safe
and happy home, but acknowledges sadly that this
is not possible. The adoptive family's openness
and love are evident. Pen-and-ink drawings
realistically illustrate the story. A note for
parents about "Talking with Your Child About
Adoption" is appended. This slim volume will be
of value to adoptive parents, especially those
fortunate enough to have letters from a
birthmother. Ages 4-8. 47 pages.
Do You Love Me?, by Barbara M. Joosse,
Barbara Lavallee (Illustrator).
This exceptional board-book tells a beautiful
and timeless story about a daughter's attempt to
find the limit of her mother's love. Barbara
Lavallee's exquisite illustrations of Alaska,
with their exaggeratedly foreshortened
perspective and rich tones of violet, blue-gray,
and gray-green, tell of an easy declaration ("I
love you more than the raven loves his treasure,
more than the dog loves his tail, more than the
whale loves his spout") that is pushed, and
pushed, and ("What if I put salmon in your parka
... and ermine in your mukluks?") pushed.
There's a quiet joyfulness in both the antics of
the Inuit mother and daughter and in the animals
- including a polar bear and a musk ox - that
the daughter imagines she might become. A
charming story for mothers and daughters of all
ages. Baby-Preschool. 24 pages.
Forever Child: A Tale of Lies and Love, by
Nancy A. Clark, Bryan Post.
Bryan Post, PhD, LCSW is the founder of the Post
Institute for Family-Centered Therapy based in
Oklahoma, and is the author of "For All Things A
Season", "Dr. Post?s New Family Revolution
System", and co-author of "The Forever Child"
series. He is an internationally recognized
specialist in the treatment of emotional and
behavioral disturbance in children and families.
Dr. Post specializes in a holistic family-based
treatment approach that addresses the underlying
interactive dynamics of the entire family, a
neurophysiologic process he refers to as, ?The
secret life of the family.? 22 pages.
Forever Child: A Tale of Anger and Fear,
by Nancy A. Clark, B. Bryan Post.
A tool for parents and therapists to use with
traumatized and unattached children. 27 pages.
All Things a Season: An Essential Guide to a
Peaceful Parent/Child Relationship, by B.
"For All Things A Season" is for all parents
seeking to raise emotionally healthy and
intelligent children; a guide to a peaceful
parent-child relationship. The author is an
adopted, and well-known disruptive child himself
(?I?ve set fires, killed animals, and stolen
compulsively. There is great benefit in learning
through the painful lessons of others.?), Dr.
Post?s has made it his primary work to speak to
parents and professionals from a perspective of
true-life experience, and in the ?trenches?
therapeutic work. Dr. Post has lectured and
provided expert consultation regarding adoption,
trauma, attachment and bonding, throughout the
United States and abroad. 95 pages.
How Much I Love You, by Sam McBratney,
Anita Jeram (Illustrator).
All children want reassurance that their
parents' love runs wide and deep. In "Guess How
Much I Love You," a young rabbit named Little
Nutbrown Hare thinks he's found a way to measure
the boundaries of love. In a heartwarming twist
on the "I-can-do-anything-you-can-do-better"
theme, Little Nutbrown Hare goes through a
series of declarations regarding the breadth of
his love for Big Nutbrown Hare. But even when
his feelings stretch as long as his arms, or as
high as his hops, Little Nutbrown Hare is fondly
one-upped by the elder rabbit's more expansive
love. Anita Jeram's illustrations are bound to
elicit an "aw" from even the sternest of
readers; these loving rabbits are expressive,
endearing, and never cloying. In turn, Sam
McBratney tells a simple bedtime story of sweet
familial love with humor, insight, and a
delightful surprise at the end. Children and
parents will love snuggling up for this one - a
treat to be read again and again, just before
the lights are turned out. Ages 4 to 8. 32
Little Green Goose, by Adele Sansone, J.
Alison James (Translator), Alan Marks
Mr. Goose longs for a baby, and the barnyard
hens are in an uproar over his constant requests
for an egg to hatch. When Daisy the dog unearths
a gigantic one, Mr. Goose lovingly builds a nest
and hatches a scaly-skinned, spiky-tailed "green
goose" who calls him Mama. While the
illustrations reveal that the baby is a
dinosaur, young listeners will delight in the
fact that the text never discloses his identity.
Mr. Goose is a wonderful parent and showers his
child with unconditional love and acceptance.
However, the other chicks quickly point out the
baby's differences and taunt him with "Mr. Goose
can't be your real mother." Despondent, the
little green goose tries to find a mother who
looks like him, but soon comes to realize where
he truly belongs. Marks's sketches are
expressive and poignant in their simplicity. The
little green goose, illustrated with a
blue-and-green watercolor wash, dominates the
pages. A wonderful story with a clear message:
families are created from love. Ages 4-8.
Am Adopted, by Mark Dicken-Bradshaw
As can only be seen through the eyes of an
adoptive child, this faith-filled book shows
how, through trust in God, adoptive families can
overcome fears and differences to bond as
members of both an earthly family and Gods
heavenly family. I Am Adopted is a testimony
that God has a purpose for all. If you are
adopted, or ever considered adopting, join
author Mark Dicken-Bradshaw on his journey from
birth family to foster family and finally to
loving forever family. Paperback. 24 pages.
When available, and when money is an object,
please consider purchasing a used book rather
than a new one. While I don't earn nearly as
much of a commission on the sale of used
books, the difference in cost to you is worth
considering. With the money you've saved, go
out and buy yourself something. -- ken